How Sustainable Fishing Works

by Sarah Parker March 23, 2022

Do you know how sustainable fishing works? When buying fish and seafood you can make choices that make a difference. So if you regularly eat seafood, invest some time and learn about all your favourites. Do you know where it comes from? How it’s harvested? What actually is sustainability? Asking yourself these questions is a good start to ensure you’re making the best choices. 


Luckily, at Seafood By Sykes, we do all the hard work for you. Everything in our product range is 100% sustainably sourced meaning we can guarantee you all the highest quality and sustainable seafood you can get your hands on.


We understand we have an immense amount of responsibility. We always work hard to secure a future for our planet’s marine life, the millions of people who depend on fishing – and your delicious Fish and Chips. But what do we do to carry on doing this?






What Is Sustainable Fishing?


Think of all the meals you enjoy the most; a lot of them include seafood we’d wager. From fancy Lobster Thermidor on date night to the humble Fish Finger butty we share with friends. 


Sustainable fishing means more than leaving enough fish in the ocean. It’s about monitoring the population of fish, giving them time to breed, limiting bycatch, and looking after the environments we operate in. Catching our seafood in the most sustainable way possible is a driving force for us to protect habitat and threatened species, and people who depend on fishing to maintain their livelihoods.


It’s All About The Past, Present & Future 


We source only the finest fish and seafood from all over the world. We are so proud to say that we have the utmost comprehensive knowledge of the industry, one that has been built over 160 years! This means we have built devoted relationships with trusted suppliers that have been part of our business for decades. As well as our own extensive processes to keep everything sustainable, we work closely alongside MSC, ASC, and Global GAP to closely monitor our supplier processes. This helps us to ensure we are supporting the farmers and fishermen who too, share our attitudes to protect the natural world. 


Not only do we work tirelessly to protect our natural wildlife. From catching out at sea to preparation storage and delivery, we always do what we can to make sure all of our processes are sustainable. 






Our Supply Chain Traceability and Transparency


For over 160 years we have been in complete control of our supply chain, meaning you literally buy direct from the source. We are fully traceable from the moment our seafood is caught to when it’s packaged on its way to your doorstep. In essence, every step along the way we know exactly what’s happening in every step of our supply chain. 


Some of this includes


  • Safety standards and product quality 
  • Raw material sourcing
  • Knowing labour practices across all our partner’s across the world.
  • Environmental protection and sustainability. 


Is Your Packaging Recyclable?

Did you know that the packaging we use for your seafood is mostly recyclable or reusable? The super high-tech inner packaging is purely designed to keep your seafood, frozen, for as long as possible during transport. Although this bag isn’t yet recyclable – it is indeed an amazing re-usable freezer bag, very handy to store all of your Seafood by Sykes Seafood!


While we have had to use plastic to individually seal products, we’re always exploring new and eco-friendly alternatives that could allow us to become 100% recycleable.




What You Can Do To Help


Now you have might have a better understanding of what sustainability actually means. You know what we do to keep up with the most important industry guidelines. So you may sit and wonder what else you can do to help? Besides buying from trusted and sustainable sources there are many small things you can introduce to your life that help the planet and the seafood industry, such as.


  1. Be more energy-efficient 
  2. Use reusable energy where possible
  3. Go paperless where possible
  4. Reduce, Reuse & Recycle 
  5. Grow your own produce, even if it’s herbs on your kitchen window ledge
  6. Donate unused items and buy second-hand
  7. Buy fair trade products 
  8. Drive less, and walk more
  9. Wear sustainable clothing 
  10. Use eco-friendly cleaning products 


Feedback is always welcomed and we love to hear what you think, if you have any questions please do not hesitate and contact us

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